Club baseball team founder takes helm at Legend

Column by Jim Benton
Posted 6/12/17

Legend High School didn't have to look too far to find its new baseball coach.

Scott Boyd, the founder and coach for the Colorado Yard Dawgs club program located in Parker, has been hired as the …

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Club baseball team founder takes helm at Legend

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Legend High School didn't have to look too far to find its new baseball coach.

Scott Boyd, the founder and coach for the Colorado Yard Dawgs club program located in Parker, has been hired as the Titans baseball coach to replace Scott Fellers, who has been the only baseball coach in the 10-year history of the Parker school.

Fellers will remain at the school as a teacher.

"You can't imagine how excited I am about the Legend program," said Boyd. "Scott Fellers did a wonderful job. He turned the program into a 5A powerhouse.

"I feel very capable to carrying it to the next level, hopefully building more league championships and a state championship. But more important is building a strong foundation fundamentally for the players both academically and athletically."

In another baseball lineup change, Steve Eaton, who was the baseball coach at Chaparral for 11 seasons and 10 campaigns at Gateway, is the new baseball coach at Cherokee Trail.

He replaces Allan Dyer, who retired as coach at the Centennial League school.

In 21 years of coaching, Eaton has compiled a 326-125-1 record. He left Chap in 2008 and he has been involved in club baseball since leaving the Wolverines.

"I have a new perspective since I've been on both sides with club and high school baseball," said Eaton. "I'm certainly excited to be at Cherokee Trail. It's not going to be the same but it's going to be me, and I'm going to take advantage of what Allan has done."

Sloan wins twice

Rock Canyon junior Emily Sloan won both hurdle events at the Great Southwest Classic on June 3 in Albuquerque.

Sloan, who won the Class 5A 100 meters for the second consecutive year and was second in the 300 after failing to clear the final hurdle at last month's state track championships, captured the 100-meter hurdles in 13.78 and the 300-meters in 42.14.

Lutheran's Maya Evans, who was first in four events at the Class 3A state meet, won the long jump with a 20-03.25 leap.

First AJGA title for Schalk

Hailey Schalk, a sophomore-to-be at Holy Family, came from four shots behind after two rounds to win the American Junior Golf Association Hale Irwin Colorado by Transamerica on June 8 at Walnut Creek Golf Course Perserve in Westminster.

It was Schalk's first AJGA win and the 15-year-old became the first Colorado player to win the tournament.

Schalk, the Class 3A state golf champion, fired a final round 3-under par 69 that included a birdie on the 17th hole that wrapped up a one-shot tournament victory over Trussi Li of Diamond Bar, California, who tied for second place with Charlotte Hillary, a Kent Denver freshman from Cherry Hills Village.

Li set a course record with a 7-under-par 65 to finish at 213 while Schalk had a 69 for a 54-hole total of 4-under-par 212. Hillary shot a 74 in the third round.

Lakewood's Griffin Barela, the second round leader in the boys division, finished tied for fourth with a 4-under-par 212 after a final 75 on the 7,216-yard course for the boys.

Artem Yalovenko, a Russian who lives in Florida, fashioned a final round 5-under-par 67 for a 7-under-par 209 total and won by stroke over two players that included Grand Junction's Trevor Olkowski, who posted an even-par 72 in the final round.

Jim Benton is a sports writer for Colorado Community Media. He has been covering sports in the Denver area since 1968. He can be reached at jbenton@coloradocommunitymedia.com or at 303-566-4083.

Jim Benton

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